Why are Calls SO difficult to hatch?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by easttxchick, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    I understand that Call ducks are very difficult to hatch(especially from shipped eggs), but could anyone explain why?
    I hatched out a singleton from 17 shipped eggs which, apparently isn't an uncommon hatch rate for them.
    I have tried to be VERY vigilant when incubating them, but apparently that isn't enough.
    Can anyone give me any tips? I have 14 more coming and these Call eggs AIN'T cheap!
    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Scott

    Scott Ozark Bantams

    Apr 11, 2007
    Southeast Missouri
  3. ruralmom

    ruralmom Songster

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    That is not that bad. My first experience was with hand delivered eggs and I got none out of 13 eggs. My second attempt this spring I got four beautiful grey calls, from the same hand delivery, out of 13. I an at high elevation and kept the humidity very high in the 60 - 70's throughout the incubation and helped everyone out of their shell. I do not know if that was in there best interest but I did get four live birds, only lost one that was developed. All the other lost birds were quitters thoughout the development stage. I am too inexperienced to give you advice I am sure there are other BYC that could help and advise. Good luck. I am now a call duck fan.
     
  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

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    Thanks for the tips, folks.
    Scott-the only thing I did differently than you was I hand turned my eggs(I did incubate them horizontally).
    I did have a 75% hatch rate my first go around with the White Calls I hatched in May which I was thrilled about.
    I am so in love with these fantastic, loud, gorgeous little birds and desperately want a nice sized flock(I currently only have 4).
    I wish my Sumatra hen would go broody right about now-I'd sure let her set these I have coming! [​IMG]
     

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